Intercultural Study Project 2014
Global Security Policy: Responsibility to Protect vs. State Sovereignty - The case of Kosovo and Serbia
Throughout the 1990ies, the international community repeatedly faced grave difficulties handling humanitarian crises such as the ones in Somalia (1993), Rwanda (1994) or Bosnia (1995). In 1999, the NATO intervened in Kosovo to „avoid a second Rwanda“. This raised the question of how the international community should respond to interventions by a state, or a group of states, using military force to alleviate human suffering without explicit authorization by the UN-Security Council. The UN-Security Council at that time was unprepared to unilaterally legitimize the NATO’s use of force – but it didn’t sanction it either. In response to the situation, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) developed a doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P) stating the following:
“Sovereign states have the responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe – from mass murder and rape, from starvation – but when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states”.
It is the aim of the ISP to help get a nuanced insight and understanding of Global Security Policy in a short- mid- and long-term perspective, to get to know its actors and the citizen’s living and growing up in such an environment. The project will be developed upon questions like the followings: How did global security policy evolve since NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999? How do respective actors evaluate the situation? What are the heritages of the war in Serbia and Kosovo – on a national and international level – and what are the challenges, perspectives and what’s the potential of these two states? And finally, what is the role of Switzerland?
This year, the ISP is co-organized with the Association UNA-Switzerland.
The organizational structure of the ISP’14 gives every participant a proactive responsibility. Each participant will get involved in one of the working groups in charge of an aspect of the project. The working groups will take care of the fundraising, the organisation of the preparatory workshops, logistics, the study trip and the final session. The detailed program will thus be created by all of the participants on a consensual basis. As initiators, Raphaël and Larissa are taking responsibility for the general coordination and management of the project.
… studied Political Science and History at the Universities of Zurich and Geneva and is currently working for the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs on Swiss-EU and European External Relations. During the past years, she gained a lot of experience in project management and coaching. On one hand she worked as a volunteer for the EU-Delegation in Switzerland and (student) organisations (e.g. the Young European Swiss and JUNES). On the other hand, she is the president of a girls’ gymnastic group, teaches young girls and young adults in gymnastics several times a week and obtained a diploma as an official Swiss gymnastics coach.
… studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne and is currently finishing his MA in European Studies at the University of Fribourg. Additionally, Raphaël is working part-time as a project assistant in the international sector for the Swiss National Youth Council. He has been active as a volunteer for many years within the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement, as well as with Jugend&Sport. His engagement gave him the opportunity to develop capacities in leadership, coaching and project management. His involvements in the University of Fribourg’s MUN association and the Young European Swiss association contributed to his international experience.
The ISP 14 is taking shape !
At 11am on Sunday morning the 13th April, a group of young people trolled small-talking through the sunny but deserted old town of Bern to get to the headquarters of the Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jugendverbände (SAJV).
United in the old hut by the boarders of the Bernese River, participants to the Intercultural Study Project 2014 aka. ISP14 worked on end to prepare the extensive JUNES project this year, dedicated to Global Security Policy. Two preperatory workshops focusing on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and State’s Sovereignty will prepare 20 participants for a two weeks long study trip to Kosovo & Serbia. At the meeting in Bern they presented their findings to discuss their future ventures!
In JUNES we are truly excited and proud to have such dedicated members working to enlighten youth on this controversial topic with has extensive Swiss participantion and elaborate implications for Europe and European youth.
Stay tuned for information on the preperatory workshops, which will be open for all JUNES Members. Unfortunately registrations for the study trip has closed.
The Intercultural Study Project 2014 is organized by JUNES in financial partnership with Gesellschaft UNO Schweiz (GSUN) & SAJV.
Dear Board of JUNES, Dear Colleagues and Friends,
From the train station in Zurich please walk to the polybahn (see here for a map), use it to go up the hill and then cross the terrace.
Please use the attached maps to find the room.
Before Wednesday 8th of April at Midnight to Isabel@junes.org !
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As usual we use google doc to create the meeting agenda. The doc can be found and modified here !
Please add any point you would like to discuss or event you would like to report on.
We have some quite important point on the agenda for next meeting, incl. but not limited to the organisation procedure for JunesMUN 2015 and the opportunity to get Junes accredited at the UN (ECOSOC).
Therefore, please make sure to be represented by at least one delegate for a lively discussion and substantial decision making !
In this regards we remind you that every association can send up to two members with voting rights. Additional members are welcome to join the meeting as observers if they announce their attendance in advance. Voting rights are transferable from official JUNES representatives to any other board member of your association.
We also kindly invite you to spend the (early) evening with your colleagues and friends of the JUNES board in the beautiful city of Zurich, as the board meeting will be followed by an apéro.
In the meantime we wish you a great weekend and look forward to seeing you Saturday 12th April at 13:00!
Gabriel & Isabel
UN Workshop Human Rights
Are you interested in the United Nations and how they contribute to the international protection of Human Rights?
Are you fed up by gaining your knowledge on these topics from textbooks or lectures ?
This UN workshop organized by JUNES, the United Nations Youth Association in collaboration with the YOUTH REPs, the Swiss youth delegates to the UN offers you an exciting opportunity.
On Tuesday 18th of march between 2 and 6 pm we go to the Palais Wilson in Geneva to learn about the Human Rights Treaty Bodies and you’ll actually get to be present at the state report session of Nepal in the Human Rights Committee.
At state report sessions in the Human Rights Committee, a high level (often ministerial) delegation of the state in question (for us Nepal) will present every five year a report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. A body of 18 experts examines this report and discusses issues that are often reported by NGOs.
If you would like to know more about this topic and get a first-hand experience, please sign up here until the 11.03.2014 at midnight.
Participation is free and no previous knowledge is needed. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#3 JUNES Newsletter out now !
In this third edition of the JUNES newsletter, we have taken the pulse of spring 2014, bringing you a selection of the high-lights of UN youth activities. We also look back at JunesMUN 2014, capturing the true spirit of Swiss MUN. Finally, we present to you a variety of new projects, events and activities !
We wish all delegates the best of luck at the conferences and hope to see you soon at one of our activities !
Until then, have a truly excellent Spring !
// Editor & Friends…
Joint WorldMUN Traning
On Saturday 8th of March from 10:00 to 17:00 a joint WorldMUN training will be organised in Bern under the leadership of Céline Arethens, current president of EPFL MUN.
The event will give to opportunity to all swiss WorldMUN delegates to engage in advanced training just one week before the conference. The event will be followed by a social event in the evening for delegates to exchange in a more informal way!
Sign up here !
THE #1 CONFERENCE JOURNAL OUT NOW !
The conference Journal from JUNESMUN 2014 feat. exclusive interview with Didier Burkhalter, insights to the Opening Ceremony, HRC, DISEC & UNEP.
A PLACE FOR DREAMERS
by Ronja Harder.
The organizing committee has been working hard during the past months to set up a conference that is worthy of taking place in the city of Bern, the heart of Switzerland and the federal capital: even longer, more challenging, with more debates on one hand and more socializing on the other hand than during previous conferences. The Opening Ceremony of the 7th Edition of Junesmun set the stage for a memorable weekend with plenty of opportunities for personal growth. In the wise words of Secretary-General Robert Arnaud: “I challenge you to get out of your shell. If you are nervous to hold speeches in front of people: Make sure you hold one more speech than anyone else in your committee. If you are not good at talking to other people: talk to every single delegate at this conference. I dare you all: Use this opportunity to challenge yourself! I promise, you will not regret it.”
Too read the entire article, view the online version here
We are proud to invite you to JunesMUN 2014 in Bern!
The organizing team has put a lot of work and effort into this edition of JunesMUN and we hope to bring you a conference that will not only enhance your debate skills but also broaden your horizon and allow you to meet people from all over Switzerland!
University of Bern, Uni-S, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern. Situated in the lovely heart of Switzerland, the University of Bern has opened its arms to embrace JunesMUN 2014. We are allowed to use the entire building of Uni-S close to the train station not only for the committee rooms, but also for lunch and coffee breaks.
28th of February to 2nd of March. For the first time in the history of JUNES we decided to extend the conference to a three-day long event in order to bring you even more debating, resolution writing, caucusing and last but not least loads of mingling!
This year’s committee supervisors and chairs have put an enormous effort into extraordinary committees and topics. We are featuring a lot of interesting debate on topics such as “Cyber Warfare”, “Water supply” and the regional conflict in the Central African Republic!
What do we offer?
Not only are we ensuring high quality debate, the Secretariat and Chairs will provide you exquisite support. Through a team of dedicated committee supervisors, there will always be someone in the committee present to help you not only with substantial, but also with procedural doubts. This is THE conference to really test and enhance your skills for future international conferences. So bring your A-Game and be ready to test your ability against Switzerland’s best!
What do we offer additionally?
Slow down there, we didn’t even start to explain what else besides the committee sessions we offer. We organized bedrooms at a youth hostel 15 minutes from the university for two nights (breakfast included). Additionally, we offer coffee and cake in the afternoons. Think that’s not enough? How about we tell you that lunch and dinner is included as well? You heard it right. For the first time, JunesMUN managed to get you 4 meals that are already included in the conference fee.
Depending on your overnight stays, JunesMUN 2014 offers 2 different fees. The regular conference fee is 60 CHF per Person. This fee features everything except for two nights at the hostel. The overnight-stay fee is 100 CHF. Included are not only all the things stated above, but also two nights at a youth hostel in Bern (together with all other delegates). Thanks to a hardworking sponsoring team, we managed to secure quite a lot of good deals for you!
No real MUN conference goes without social events. For two nights JUNESMUN obviously have two of them. Get ready to dance off the excitement and frustration of the debate at two cool night clubs in Bern!
How to apply?
Did you come to the conclusion that our offer sounds interesting? Then don’t wait! Apply straight away!
The Intercultural Study Project 2014 is launched !
This year’s ISP will focus on Global Security Policy more specifically the Responsibility to Protect doctine vs. State Sovereignty rooted in the case of Serbia and Kosovo. On Saturday 15th of February the Intercultural Study Project 2014 was launched at the Welcome Meeting for all interested participants in Bern. We are happy to say that it was a great success!
Throughout the 1990ies, the international community repeatedly faced grave difficulties handling humanitarian crises such as the ones in Somalia (1993), Rwanda (1994) or Bosnia (1995). In 1999, the NATO intervened in Kosovo to „avoid a second Rwanda“. This raised the question of how the international community should respond to interventions by a state, or a group of states, using military force to alleviate human suffering without explicit authorization by the UN-Security Council. The UN-Security Council at that time was unprepared to unilaterally legitimize the NATO’s use of force – but it didn’t sanction it either. In response to the situation, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) developed a doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P) stating the following: “Sovreign states have the responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe – from mass murder and rape, from starvation – but when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states”.
It is the aim of the ISP to help get a nuanced insight and understanding of Global Security Policy in a short mid- and long-term perspective, through two preperatory workshops in Switzerland preparing delegates for a Study Trip to Serbia and Kosovo in the Summer 2014.
This year, the ISP is co-organized with the Association UNA-Switzerland.
For more information, please see the ISP’14 Web page.
MUNtain Retreat 2014
Are you an active and innovative leader of MUN, wishing to network with like-minded in Switzerland and develop your skills?
If the answer is yes, JUNES kindly invites you to join the intensive two-day MUNtain Retreat primarily targeting JUNES delegates and the presidencies of our member associations during the second weekend in February. The Fee of 30 CHF includes accommodation and food.
The weekend will offer intensive MUN related workshops as well as management and organizational cross-exchange between member associations. Last but not least you’ll get to do some sledging in the beautiful mountains around Vercorin and mingling unleashed!